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Front Yard Vegetable Garden by Shirley Bovshow

Garden makeovers by Shirley Bovshow in Los Angeles. This inviting edible front yard garden was designed for my "Garden Police" makeover show on Discovery. Along with partner, Michael Glassman we transformed a tired, weed infested lawn area into a Tudor style edible garden. All plants are edible including the espaliered apple tree used as a "living fence" between the neighbors. See the complete makeover at:

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Urban Landscape wrote: big is the space for the garden?
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Very small. Approx
40 x 20 including driveway.
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Small is cozy. Looks nice. Thanks for reply
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Marianne Lipanovich added this to Crazy for Fruit Trees
In this front-yard edible garden, the espaliered apple tree along the driveway will create a privacy fence when it leafs out. A bonus is that the fruit will be very easy to pick — no ladders needed.
J. Peterson Garden Design added this to Texas Gardener: What to Do in June
Manage weeds. During the summer months, weeds can quickly get out of control and ruin your beautiful landscape beds. Stay on top of them before they get to be an issue — pull them out by hand (be sure to get the roots) and keep a good 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch in your beds at all times. Well-mulched beds will maintain soil moisture and suppress weeds — exactly what we need in our sweltering summers.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to How to Grow Your Own Sweet Summer Crops
A bonus is that the flowering plants will help attract beneficial insects, and the ripening fruit will provide an unexpected burst of color among the other plants. More on mixing flowers and vegetables
“Don’t be afraid to think outside the traditional garden patch in the backyard, and don’t think you need to limit all of your edibles to only one area.” — Marianne LipanovitchRethink the traditional front lawn if it’s the best place for your edibles to thrive in the sun. This is a fantastic guide for getting started on your summer edible gardens, and clearly a lot of you agree. Happy planting and eating, everyone!Full story: How to Grow Your Own Sweet Summer Crops

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Cute but really I must say there more than one who has no shame in harvesting others gardens at night, in our cities now.
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Small front yard garden.
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Look closely; there are baby apple trees planted along the fence for espaliering. I see the red and white blossoms of a Hot Lips salvia on the other side of the fence .
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the pots to add color and charm
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could do a bench with a side table.
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Alternative to grass in front yard. Food Production
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Negative Norman here, but this is a good idea of what I don't like.
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nice idea for a front yard makeover
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use of brick
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Grape arbor on left. Tall flowering plants beside front entrance.
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Smaller gardens are easier to maintain for many. These ideas inspired me to think about using my Earthboxes in the front yard.
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Looks like my old house in Tucson.
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Another edible garden in the front yard.
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Don't rule out your front yard for some garden plants that are also attractive.
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You can plant your flowers and edible gardens together. The flowering plants will help attract beneficial insects.
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The planting at the front of the house and the dimention from front wall of house to sidewalk are similar to my front wall to fence. Nice Idea
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poteaux pour framboisiers ou autres fruits; aussi OK en haut mais seront pê mangés par animaux de la forêt
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Edible plants in NM?
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espaliared apple tree along driveway
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In this front-yard edible garden, the espaliered apple tree along the driveway will create a privacy fence when it leafs out. A bonus is that the fruit will be very easy to pick — no ladders needed.
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All plants in this front garden are edible including the espaliered apple tree used as a "living fence" between the neighbors.
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raised pavers near house
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partial espalier fence
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Espaliered apple trees.
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Front yard edibles
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Espaliered apple tree in backyard
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The house color to the right..wonder if it would be right for mine?
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June 4, 2012
Missing the sharp hill of my home, but this is what I want my front to look like. I like the seating, lack of grass and I can do this to my bush
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Eliminate grass.
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I love the look of the house and the garden. So cozyQ
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some half wall in the porch (maybe)
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I've always wanted to do an espalier between me and my neighbours. sigh.
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In this front-yard edible garden, the espaliered apple tree along the driveway will create a privacy fence when it leafs out. A bonus is that the fruit will be very easy to pick — no ladders needed
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front yard edible garden
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small fruit tree "Fruit trees are the perfect landscape choice in many ways: gorgeous blossoms, foliage for shade on a summer day, tasty fruit and usually great fall color. Even in winter, the bare branches of most fruit trees provide interest in the landscape"
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